OK, for me, I’ve come across a lot of different [bed bug jobs], but probably the one that was most shocking to me was when I was going to a single-room-occupancy to do a general treatment, for roaches and things like that. When I walked in, the gentleman was sitting on his couch, and his wall looked like it was covered in spots. And I’m staring at it, because it looked unusual to me, and I’m wondering why these spots looked like they were moving.
And when I got a little bit closer, there were hundreds and hundreds of bedbugs covering his wall behind his couch. I looked at the guy; he was chewed up, there wasn’t a spot on his face that didn’t have a bite on it. I said, ‘Sir. Look behind you.’ He said, ‘They’re cockroaches,’ I said, ‘They’re not cockroaches, they’re bedbugs, and they’re eating you.’
Brooklyn Exterminator Shares Bed Bug Horror Stories
You’re not a New Yorker unless you have a horrific bed bug story to share.
Innocence Is Kinky
Jenny Hval is a Norwegian artist/musician whose sophomore album Innocence Is Kinky is…well, a lot less subtle than you would think. The title is exactly what it sounds like: experimental, erotic spoken word resting on a bed of music that sounds like Hanne Hukkelberg or a gentler EMA. I’m liking it so far, but this song stood out right away.
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i dont want my words to be taken out of context
i dont want to be infantilized because i refuse to be sexualized
i dont want to be molested at shows or on the street by people who perceive me as an object that exists for their personal satisfaction
i dont want to live in a world where im gonna have to start employing body guards because this kind of behavior is so commonplace and accepted and I’m pissed that when I express concern over my own safety it’s often ignored until people see firsthand what happens and then they apologize for not taking me seriously after the fact…
I’m tired of men who aren’t professional or even accomplished musicians continually offering to ‘help me out’ (without being asked), as if i did this by accident and i’m gonna flounder without them. or as if the fact that I’m a woman makes me incapable of using technology. I have never seen this kind of thing happen to any of my male peers
I’m tired of the weird insistence that i need a band or i need to work with outside producers (and I’m eternally grateful to the people who don’t do this)
I’m tired of creeps on message boards discussing whether or not they’d “fuck” me
I’m sad that my desire to be treated as an equal and as a human being is interpreted as hatred of men, rather than a request to be included and respected (I have four brothers and many male best friends and a dad and i promise i do not hate men at all, nor do i believe that all men are sexist or that all men behave in the ways described above)
im tired of being referred to as ‘cute,’ as a ‘waif’ etc., even when the author, fan, friend, family member etc. is being positive
G R I M E S: I don’t want to have to compromise my morals in order to make a living
Grimes’ now famous blog post where she vents about sexism and the difficulty of being a “solo-girl-who-makes-electronic-music.”
Iwata Asks: Interview with the Creators of Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Iwata: You have cute characters like Isabelle in the game, and then you also have characters like your old friend Mr. Resetti, who appears from under the ground when you reset the game.
Kyogoku: We really were’nt sure about Mr. Resetti, as he really divides people. Some people love him, of course, but there are others who don’t like being shouted at in his rough accent.
Iwata: It seems like younger female players, in particular, are scared. I’ve heard that some of them have even cried.
That’s because Mr. Resetti is straight
I have to say, Twitter #Music’s suggestions aren’t too far off the mark.
But I think it’s strange that no social networking platform has replaced what Myspace was like for music back in 2007/2008. Although most people had already flocked to Facebook back then, it was still the best portal for music. The fact that Myspace never capitalized on its sudden foray into the music business was probably one of their biggest mistakes (I know they tried with the whole Timberlake relaunch, but they waited too late). With Myspace gone/dead, the closest replacement I can think of for musical artists is Bandcamp and maybe Facebook. And, judging by the looks of Twitter #Music, it doesn’t look like Twitter will be taking that spot either.
There needs to be a platform that not only centers on the artist but also provides a community where musicians can discover each other. I remember back in 2007/2008 being able to track certain music scenes through Myspace (like the bedroom pop scene, for example). And I didn’t even have a Myspace account, but all I had to do was track one artist which produced this “down the rabbit” hole effect where I discovered everyone else, who was collaborating with whom, who was touring with whom, etc. I don’t know if I’m making sense, but it would be nice to have something like that again.
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I’ve been listening a lot to The Knife’s Shaking The Habitual, and one thing I noticed was the strong tribal component in songs like “A Tooth For An Eye” and “Without You My Life Will Be Boring.” It made me think of other artists who had conquered that whole tribal/electro sound, and I immediately thought of Lizzy Mercier Descloux whose sophomore album Mambo Nassau came out way back in 1981. She was excellent at combining her experimental electro-pop with an underscore of tribal/world influence. This album is actually one of my favorite albums of all time. Unfortunately, it was her only great album.
Lizzy Mercier Descloux
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personally I really liked the combat in the first No More Heroes game, and I didn't have a problem with the way Killer7 controlled. The main draw for me is probably the atmosphere in those two games though as opposed to the gameplay, though I definitely enjoy the latter so I would have to disagree. "Contact" I thought was pretty frustrating in that regard though.
All Suda51 games do have an interesting aesthetic about them, but it’s usually style over substance. The boss battles in No More Heroes were great, but you had to spend hours wandering an empty city while slashing away dozens of interchangeable dudes-in-suits. It’s like their games are incomplete. I don’t know, I feel like they’re overpraised for their ideas, but then once they execute their ideas they do it horribly.